Reginald Johnston was the only Scot to work in Beijing's Forbidden City. Born in Edinburgh in 1874, he was an explorer, writer and tutor to the last emperor of China. Chris Dolan unravels this fascinating life with an exploration of personal letters that illuminate Johnston's remarkable achievements, including his appointment as a Mandarin of the highest rank. Producer Fiona Croall
2/4. Blues on the Stairs. Johnny Street and Arthur Lane , our two Yorkshire builders in a white van, tackle the tricky task of a piano perilously perched on the Edwardian staircase of feisty music teacher Mrs Priam-Rhodes . By Dave Sheasby and Ian McMillan.
With Liz Barclay. Including at 12.30 Face the Facts.
6/6. Investigating the four privately run institutions set up to deal with offenders, some of whom are as young as 12. Concerns have been raised about secure training centres since the first one opened in 1998. Back then there were reports of high staff turnover, children out of control and overuse of physical restraint. John Waite discovers how much has changed. Series editor Andrew Smith Face the Facts repeated on Sunday at 9pm PHONE: [number removed] email: email@example.com
4/7. Rosie Goldsmith hears how politics is reported by radio stations, from South Africa to Ecuador to Ireland. And she asks legendary American broadcaster Studs Terkel for tips on the political interview. Producer Anna Raphael Repeated on Sunday at 8pm
What do you do when the love of your life dies? Gavin (played by Charles Dale ) finds comfort in a small bottle of blue fluid. By Nick Day. Music by Andrew Green , performed by Andrew Green and Justin Pearson Producer/Director Janet Hampson
9/9. Chef and fishmonger Mitchell Tonks talks fish and answers listeners' culinary questions with Gregg Wallace and Charlie Hicks. Producer Paula McGinley PHONE: [number removed] Lines open from 1.30pm
5/5. A torrent of ill fortune affects Job. Though practically bankrupt and losing his two sons in an international disaster, he continues to count his blessings. Written and read by Alasdair Gray. Producer Bruce Young
5/5. Millions of gallons of water used as ballast on modern ships move around the world every day, but sometimes the small creatures that hitch a lift in the tanks can have a devastating effect on their new home. Fordetails see Monday
4/8. Michael Rosen presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play with them. This week, as part of BBC Voices, our research in America throws light on the language of hobOS. Producer Miles Warde Repeated on Sunday at 8.30pm Listening to Britain: page 19
2/2. Another chance to hear the team in an Edinburgh Festival special from 2004. With Jan Ravens ,
Jon Culshaw , Kevin Connolly , Mark Perry and Phil Cornwell.
Producers Katie Marsden and Katie Tyrrell Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm BBC AUDIO: Episodes from both the BBC Radio 4 and TV series, both featuring Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens , are available on audio cassette and CD from www.bbcshop.com and from all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]
5/6. Debate on issues of perennial interest, chaired by Nick Clarke in front of a specially invited audience.
Listeners can vote on the motion: "Our examination system has failed." From Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat School, Stepney Way, London.
Producer Nick Utechin Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm
To vote YES dial [number removed]0311 To vote NO dial [number removed]0322
Calls cost lOp Lines are open after 8.50pm until 2.20pm tomorrow
A blackly humorous and moving drama, based on the autobiographical writings of Thomas Lynch , undertaker and award-winning poet. When his father dies on holiday, Tom gathers his travelling kit of embalming supplies and catches the next plane to Florida. As he begins work on his father's body, he looks back on growing up as the son of an undertaker in the small town of Milford, Michigan.
Produced, directed and adapted by Kate McAII
Tom (aged 9):
Tom (aged 18):
6/11. The Road to Hell. Matthew Parris asks writer Helen Walsh , actor Jay Benedict and performance poet Attila the Stockbroker to write about a personal and particularly sulphurous road to hell. Producer Miles Warde
Journalist John Collis lives in the same south London road where Britain's most prolific writer - Edgar Wallace - once lived. Wallace's life was extraordinarily varied and colourful; at the height of his popularity in the 1920s he was responsible for a quarter of all books sold in Britain. He died in Hollywood as filming had just begun on a film based on one of his stories - King Kong. Producer Julian Mayers
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